Russell Ord Photographer – One Shot Documentary


Russell Ord’s reputation as a big surf photographer took a massive turn of events when he decided to jump off the jet-ski with his camera and swim in the impact zone to get the best possible shot on the day. “One Shot” is a documentary 4 years in the making that showcases the risks Russell takes to get that “One Shot” he is chasing. Film maker Darren McCagh worked intimately with Russell and his family to capture this very real story about an incredibly brave man who is living his own philosophy of being a doer and not just a dreamer.

Russell Ord wakes one morning in Margaret River, looks over the photos he’s spent a large part of his life capturing and is filled with an overpowering sense of dissatisfaction. The shots are good and have graced the covers of surfing magazines worldwide, but deep down Ord knows he didn’t walk away from a secure career as a fire fighter to just take “good” shots. He wants to go to bed at night knowing he’s taken that “one” shot, the one he’ll remember not because of the surfer’s name or reputation, but for the position he had to be in to capture it. Just down the coast is a thick, evil, brute of a wave he knows will deliver the opportunity to capture just that. But as a loving husband with three kids it’s not lost on him that the end goal, and that drive to have ‘his moment’, isn’t going to come without sacrifice.

Trailer – One Shot Documentary

To view the full 1/2 hour documentary on iview until May 11 2017 – click here

Private Viewing – The Safari Lounge

The Safari Lounge, Perth hosted a sold out screening of “One Shot” in March with Russell Ord and director of Farmhouse Films Darren McCagh holding a Q&A after the film.

Russell Ord (left) and Darren McCaugh (second right)

A fantastic night of family, friends and Margaret River locals turned up for this open air screening at Cape Mentelle.

Russell Ord’s “One Shot documentary will be screening at the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival grand finale at The Crystal Palace Theatre in Auckland – FRIDAY MAY 19TH 2017. Russell will be attending on the night to introduce the film.

Click here for more details – The Aotearoa Surf Film Festival 

Soul Searcher – Article in STM Magazine 23rd April

You have to be prepared to take the absolute beating of your life

click here to download the article – Russell Ord - Soul Searcher - STM